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Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Electron Flow in Diodes

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1 Author(s)
Hahn, W.C. ; General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, N.Y.

Inclusion of the hydrostatic pressure term, with constant temperature, in the electron force equation of a diode is shown to give a way by which the effect of Boltzman's relation for a retarding field disappears as the field becomes accelerating. Thus, one equation holds from the cathode surface through the potential minimum to the anode. As a result, one may deduce the usual temperature-limited emission formula for maximum current, the space-charge-limited characteristic, and the transition region from one to the other. Some remarks on this, from the standpoint of transport theory, are included.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 9 )